Last week, Minnesota farmers continued to face weather challenges and couldn't get into their fields, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Minnesota Field Office.
Late season snow storms added more moisture to areas that were already damp and cold. Livestock producers are concerned about the slow growth of alfalfa and pastures. The farmers who were able to work outside were busy with field preparation, spreading fertilizer and doing some minimal planting.
There were 1.3 days rated suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 5, compared with last year's 3.5 days, and the average of 3.2 days.
Topsoil moisture supplies across Minnesota for the week of May 5 were rated 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 11 percent very short, 35 percent short, 49 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.
Corn planting, at 2 percent complete, is almost 50 percent behind the five-year average. Oat planting is 9 percent complete, compared with 96 percent last year, and the five-year average of 64 percent. Green peas are 10 percent planted, compared with 76 percent last year, and the average of 47 percent.
Pasture conditions improved slightly to 21 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 38 percent fair and 24 percent good.